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jcitybone

Overall, Bernie and Bloomberg lead Trump by 4, Biden leads by 2, Warren and Buttigieg are tied.

jcitybone

https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2020/feb/11/pete-buttigieg-black-americans-democrats

Political pundits and media outlets are scrambling to try to understand how it is that Buttigieg could have 0% support among black primary voters. I would offer the following:

First, ask any black person across the south and they’ll likely say the same thing: Buttigieg has less experience in office than our local church deacons – yet he is being propped up to be the next president , above equally educated and far more qualified politicians such as Kamala Harris and Cory Booker.

Black Americans understand one simple, albeit unfortunate, truth: we have to be twice as good as white men in order to earn half as much as they are given in this life.

So far, the Democratic primaries have been a case in point. Harris and Booker – who have equal or greater levels of education than Buttigieg, with far more experience – were quickly ushered out of the presidential race. Buttigieg not only remains on the stage, he stands a chance of winning.

Being more qualified than a white candidate only to be routinely passed over is all too familiar for black men and women across the country.

jcitybone

https://www.marketwatch.com/story/bernie-sanders-isnt-a-radical-hes-a-pragmatist-who-fights-to-un-rig-the-system-2020-02-11

As Bernie Sanders continues to increase his standing in the Democratic primary, and his opponents in both parties feel the pain, there is an effort to paint him as an extremist of some sort. Someone who might even lose to Trump because of this alleged “radicalism.” But it’s not that easy to make the case on the basis of facts.

He has a 40-year track record as a politician. The things he is saying now are mostly what he has shouted from the mountain tops for pretty much the whole time. The main difference is that now, other Democratic politicians have joined him: on a $15 minimum wage, student-debt relief, free tuition at public universities, expanding Social Security, reducing income inequality, and some even on Medicare for All.

His actions speak even more consistently than his words: he understands that politics is about compromise. He fights hard for what he has promised to voters, but then takes the best deal he can win if it will advance the ball down the field, and prepares to fight again the next day.

Rather what changed most is that both markets and government were harnessed vastly more to redistribute income and wealth upward. The result is an America that is unique among high-income countries in the percentage of people who are employed full-time and yet struggling to get by, not to mention the more than 10 million children in poverty and more than half a million homeless people.

Sanders, in his reform program, seeks to use both markets and government to reverse this massive upward redistribution of income and wealth.

Of course, government has to take the lead with public investment where private investment would not be forthcoming — as in the transformation of some energy infrastructure to reduce carbon emissions.

But other important parts of Sanders’ program move the economy away from government toward more market-based solutions: for example, reducing the role of government-granted-and-regulated patent monopolies in driving up the price of pharmaceuticals, medical supplies, and health-care costs. Or breaking up other monopolies in favor of more market competition, in the technology and financial sectors.

Sanders also favors a less interventionist role for the Federal Reserve in the labor market, as the Fed has triggered almost all U.S. recessions since the end of World War II (except for the last two) by raising interest rates when this was unnecessary.

And he has led the way to reduce one of the most powerful and destructive abuses that our government has unleashed upon Americans and the world: the terrible, unnecessary, “forever wars” that most Americans now reject. Some of his best allies in this fight have been conservative Republicans who are skeptical of this aspect of “big government” — as has been true in the historic fight to stop U.S. military participation in Saudi Arabia’s genocidal war in Yemen.

Benny

That’s how I see it. Bernie is trying to move the needle just past the center. The US electorate is like my right leg, couldn’t bend it after a certain point, and it’s been deteriorating further to the right. Now my leg is on the mend, and it will be too, once Bernie is in place at the West Wing.

jcitybone

👍Good analogy

jcitybone

Rafael Shimunov is the co-founder of advocacy group The Jewish Vote

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